This time of year the shelters are overflowing with animals in desperate need of a forever home, and you can be one of those lucky enough to give them one. Now don’t get me wrong there is nothing wrong with the animals that are sold by breeders and the like, but why not help a dog or cat who hasn’t had the same opportunities? Why not choose to love a pet that needs to be reminded that there are good people out there? I am a proud rescue doggie owner, and I am sure that anyone who has ever adopted a rescue animal will tell you that there is something very unique about them. They have a different kind of spirit, and more love to give than any animal I have seen before. So if you are looking to grow your family or find your new four legged best friend why not reach out to those who have been forgotten, and give a home to one that needs one dearly.Now maybe you can’t adopt a dog for whatever reason, don’t worry there are so many other ways to help out animal shelters and theirmuch needed residents. Consider temporarily taking in an animal also known as fostering. Those who foster animals provide play, an essential part of any shelter or rescue effort. These are the individuals who allow shelters to help more animals without having to turn away or euthanize due to overcrowding. Fosters also are a great way for some of the animals with a more troubled past to get to know people again in a more loving environment.
But let’s say you can’t adopt or take on a foster dog that is okay. I understand everyone’s circumstances are different, but there are still so many ways to help out. Volunteer at your local shelter or animal control. You would be surprised how many shelters just want people to walk their dogs or play with the cats, because let’s be honest there is nothing fun about being in a shelter. And if time isn’t something you can commit to try donating supplies. Shelters are always overworked and undersupplied so they will almost always gladly accept donations such as old newspapers, blankets, dog and cat food, toys, etc. And if you don’t know what to do, but you still want to help, reach out to your local shelter or rescue center and see what they need you never know what opportunities may arise.
If you are looking to adopt or to learn more about adoption in general or volunteering check out some of these organizations Petfinder, The Humane Society, ASPCA, All Paws, or Best Friends for more information.